Mogo business owners and residents are being asked to share what they want to see for the future of the NSW South Coast village as Eurobodalla Shire Council progresses preparation of its Mogo Village Place Activation Plan.
Phil Mayberry, who has owned Mogo Nursery for 39 years, said it’s extremely important that people get involved with the initiative and let council know what’s important for their village.
“We’re a small village with an interesting history of gold mining, which brought many early settlers to the area,” he said. “It’s important that as we get busier, this historical element is preserved.
“Whether this is by ensuring new developments have some kind of historical facade or something else, everybody needs to be across the need to keep the village’s relaxed character intact.”
According to Mr Mayberry, while it’s great to see Mogo getting busier year on year, its infrastructure needs to keep up with the town’s growth, especially as the mountain biking scene becomes more popular.
“One problem we face, like many towns in the region, is a lack of public toilets,” he said. “It sounds simple, but we need to plan for an influx of visitors at a certain period.”
Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes said the plan has the potential to bring tangible change to Mogo, and she asked all within the community to be involved, whatever their views.
“We all want to see Mogo not just recover, but flourish,” she said. “Once we have a plan, council and the community will have a shared vision, enabling them to work together to implement.
“Bringing about lasting change takes hard work and commitment, and now is the time to make it happen.”
The Mogo Village Activation Plan will take a whole-of-village approach to town planning, and will consider how infrastructure such as toilets, parks, parking, picnic tables and barbecues can best be delivered.
It is also being envisaged as a long-term roadmap for Mogo after the devastating impact of the Black Summer bushfires.
Mayor Innes urged residents to suggest other projects they believe could contribute to Mogo, such as what the streetscape could look like, what they would like to do or buy in Mogo, and future opportunities, including the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub.
The Mogo Rebuild Study, undertaken in 2020, identified several areas of concern, including providing more parking, improving pedestrian connectivity, making the streetscape more attractive, and reinforcing the natural beauty of Mogo and its place as a tourist destination.
Residents can give their input through an online survey as well as face-to-face drop-in sessions.
The drop-in sessions will be held at John Street Reserve in Mogo on Tuesday, 27 April, 2021, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm; and Wednesday, 28 April, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Because there is no formal presentation, residents can drop in at any time within the sessions to have their say.
To complete the survey, or for more information about the project, visit Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Mogo Village Place Activation Plan website.
The survey is available until 7 May, 2021.